Drew Dowdell

Interactive Review: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS

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Interactive Review:

2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS

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For my trip back from the 2010 NAIAS, I was turned in the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sportwagon you see in the background and was given this 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS. Sixty miles into the trip I am very impressed... this is far too much fun to be healthy. The seats are supportive and comfortable, the stereo provides your own personal dance club, and the car is a very willing and able dance partner.

This kicks off the Interactive Review for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS. So, while I get back on the road back to Pittsburgh and eventually finish the reviews of the 2010 Buick Lacrosse CXSand 2010 Cadillac CTS Sportwagon, and upload lots of pics of 2010 NAIAS including a video of the 2010 Cadillac XTS Concept moving around the show floor, you guys can fire away with any questions you have on this Camaro.

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Burnout! Burnout! Burnout!

I have not seen enough decent Camaro Burnout pics!

Also, this is one I'd REALLY like to see on a lift with lots of drivetrain and suspension photos, as these will be tuner cars for decades.

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I see the trunk open on the CTS wagon, did all your stuff fit in the Camaro trunk?

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How is the traction on the sloppy stuff? How is the visibility in traffic---I sat in several at the auto show, outward visibility seemed pretty compromised.

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Does the 3.6L sound good? Did you get an automatic or manual?

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I see the trunk open on the CTS wagon, did all your stuff fit in the Camaro trunk?

Yes. The trunk opening on the Camaro is a little small, but I got it in there.

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Does the 3.6L sound good? Did you get an automatic or manual?

I got an automatic. The 3.6 is rather sedate just around down, but once you start to push it, it sounds great. I might try and get some video from the driver seat.

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How is the traction on the sloppy stuff? How is the visibility in traffic---I sat in several at the auto show, outward visibility seemed pretty compromised.

There is a blindspot on your left that is a little unnerving, but the right side is pretty good.

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I've driven an SS, but not a six.

I wonder if it would seem like enough to me. Have you driven an SS, Drew?

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I've driven an SS, but not a six.

I wonder if it would seem like enough to me. Have you driven an SS, Drew?

I don't know if it would be enough for you or not. It's plenty easy to get to extra-legal speeds with just the V6. For most people, the V6 would be plenty. However Camino, you and I both know that you aren't "most people".

I have not driven an SS.

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Point taken.

I'm guessing that after a day of driving a V6 version, I might be able to say "Hey, this isn't half bad." And mean it.

I like how the car isn't decontented by virtue of not having a V8 - it's refreshing to see.

I look forward to your reactions after "stretching the Camaro's legs" a bit.

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My wife's coworker has an RS V6 Camaro, and this thing sounds MEAN for a six! It has a lopey idle, and a kickass snarl when revved/pushed. They're a beautiful car, and extremely well built. (My 2 cents, anyhoo lol).

Do you find that the hood seems to go on forever? And how is the back seat for space (I know it's a Camaro, and not built for the rear seat occupants) but there's a seat there for a reason LOL

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How does it feel on the twisties? Previous V6 Camaros were knocked for having pretty floaty suspensions with somewhat sloppy steering.

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Point taken.

I'm guessing that after a day of driving a V6 version, I might be able to say "Hey, this isn't half bad." And mean it.

I like how the car isn't decontented by virtue of not having a V8 - it's refreshing to see.

I look forward to your reactions after "stretching the Camaro's legs" a bit.

That would be what "RS" is for. 8)

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Was my comment removed?

i could have sworn i put a comment:

When i sat in one at my local Chevy dealer and i was completely underwhelmed by the flat, black, pebbly, plastic dash on the passenger side. also the high belt lines were annoying, felt like i sitting was in a bucket compared to my sub,(although the mustang wasn't any better)

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Was my comment removed?

i could have sworn i put a comment:

When i sat in one at my local Chevy dealer and i was completely underwhelmed by the flat, black, pebbly, plastic dash on the passenger side. also the high belt lines were annoying, felt like i sitting was in a bucket compared to my sub,(although the mustang wasn't any better)

Everyone has their own opinion but I am shocked when people say underwhelmed. Everytime I walk by even our 1LT model my eyes are drawn to it. I really think the Camaro represents incredible value for under $30,000. I use to sell 200 hp previous model Impala's for $34,000 with lacked anything this Camaro has.

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Does anyone have experiance driving the 6 cylinder Camaro's in the winter? Engineers are trying to tell us it is designed for winter driving but I wouldn't mind somebody with first hand experiance to tell me.

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also the high belt lines were annoying, felt like i sitting was in a bucket compared to my sub,(although the mustang wasn't any better)

Sub as in Suburban? Or Subaru?

Doesn't really matter as it would just be a matter of degree. Your impression just comes with the territory in pony cars and sports cars. Part of the reality.

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Burnout! Burnout! Burnout!

I have not seen enough decent Camaro Burnout pics!

Also, this is one I'd REALLY like to see on a lift with lots of drivetrain and suspension photos, as these will be tuner cars for decades.

+1

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How does it feel on the twisties? Previous V6 Camaros were knocked for having pretty floaty suspensions with somewhat sloppy steering.

This is a Zeta platform car...ahem...not an old F-body. Even FE2 suspension as on the V6, it's quite firm and planted, largely not feeling any different than the FE3 SS because of the lighter V6. The Camaro doesn't "melt" to the road as well as the G8 does, which many have commented on, and can get a little bobbity at times or not as natural at the limit, but a Zeta is a Zeta and there's a natural balance in this chassis--it's just been nipped and tucked quite a bit to make it fit the Camaro lines.

Otherwise as someone asked, winter it's not bad at all--my G8 GT tracks like a tank, especially after new A/S GY tires--the main issue is just the 20" summer Pirelli's. Once it gets cold, the summer treads get hard & glassy and start to loose grip let alone with any moisture. Not the best in that regard, but with proper tires it's such a balanced chassis and with Stabilitrak, etc. it trucks right along.

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I'm not having any trouble at all with the Camaro. It just goes where I point it.

I have noticed that the traction control is a lot less nannying than the TC on the CTS. It will wait a lot longer to kick in.

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I'm glad you're having fun with it. I saw photos of the production Synergy Special Edition, and I like the green and gray colour combo. It starts at a reasonable price, too. I'd take one with a manual and no options, just fine.

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